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Monthly Challenge for October 2021: It's Hacktoberfest! Participate in open source, learn, and have fun!

This month, we have three tracks: maintainers will provide issues labeled for Hacktoberfest, contributors will solve issues, and mentors will help contributors and maintainers be successful.

Challenge Team Leads & Facilitators: Aurelie Verrot & Andrew Bush


The 2021 Hacktoberfest!



They provide issues labeled Hacktoberfest on their repository(ies), review the pull requests (PRs) for these issues, and validate and merge following the rules of the contest. They also answer the contributors' questions.


They find issues labeled Hacktoberfest they want to solve. The goal of the contest is to have four (4) pull requests (PRs) validated during October.


A mentor will be paired with a mentee (contributor or maintainer). They provide support either on Slack, during a 1:1, a pairing session, or whatever works best for the team!

How to Participate

Before starting

  1. Contributors: Make sure to sign up on the Hacktoberfest official website, contact your mentor if you request one, and check out issues on sites with the Hacktoberfest label.
    If you've signed up for the VC Hacktoberfest Initiative, you can access your dashboard here.
  2. Mentors: Make sure you include "Hacktoberfest" as a label in your project's topics section (found in "About" on your repository). This is how you opt-in to Hacktoberfest.

Weekly check-ins

Let's start the week with an async check-in. What are your goals for Hacktoberfest for the week? What support do you need? Do you plan on spending time in the #hacktoberfest-co-working-room, talking to your mentor, and answering questions as a maintainer?

Every Friday of the month, you come to our synchronous check-in, share your progress, ask questions, and find help and support. We'll post more information in the #open-source channel in Slack.

Can't come to the check-in? No problem. We'll have an async check-in as well!

How do I share my progress?

Share your progress in the #open-source channel in Slack. We want to know when you get those pull requests (PRs) in so we can celebrate with you! And if you need support, we'll be there to help you, too. While no other platform is imposed, sharing on social media for more reach can be a good idea, but only if you are comfortable doing so. You can share on Twitter using — or not — the hashtag#VCMonthlyChallenge, a personal blog, a post on, you get the idea!

Sharing every time some work is added is a good idea. Small progress is still progress. There is no need to write a detailed blog post. A 140-characters Tweet can be enough. For example, "Today, I submitted my first PR for Hacktoberfest."

What if I need help?

You can ask questions in the #help-and-pairing channel in Slack, ask for ideas in the #open-source channel, or join the #hacktoberfest-co-working-room. Asking for help is part of the process!

And remember, we're always here to help ❤️

Completing the Challenge!

Any kind of participation in Hacktoberfest counts as you complete the VC October challenge.

Remember, VC is here to support you during Hacktoberfest but is not an official event partner. To get the Hacktoberfest swag, you need to have four (4) pull requests (PRs) accepted.

Virtual Coffee Approved Repositories!